Will you be attending the Global Family Reunion next June?

+21 votes

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Attending Global Family Reunion

in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
Yes Please...Mags
I'll be there.
I want to thank all of you who are going for supporting Alzheimers Research. Sadly that horrible disease is the reason I will be unable to attend. My husband has been diagnosed. His brother died last year from complications of Alzheimers.

Warm Regards,

Linda Jeanne Lunn Aloia
Dear Linda,


   Very sorry to hear of your husband's diagnosis.  My maternal grandfather also had it.  I will not be attending in person, but I hope to attend the conference in some virtual fashion (I've read somewhere of an online feed-in to or during the conference).  My very kindest wishes and respects to you.



9 January 12015 HE (Human Era)
I'm also sorry to hear about your husband.  One of the primary goals of the GFR is to do what we can to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's.  AJ's grandfather suffered from it. So does mine.  So it's definitely a personal thing!


Shira, yes, the speakers and performers will be live-streamed so you'd be able to watch.  There will also be local events (branch parties) all around the world coinciding with the main event in NYC so maybe one of those will be close enough for you to attend!
Thank you for your kind replies and remarks!
I will be there in person! Badge me, please!

13 Answers

+8 votes
I'm going barring any health issues.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Great! Got ya badged.
+9 votes
My wife and I both intend on going and maybe bringing our sons.

We joked about planning 9 months out to have a child born precisely on the date of the GFR.

I think the badge is a good way to help raise awareness.  Great job you guys.
by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (606k points)
Ha! That's too funny.  Awesome that you guys will be there - you've been badged!
+7 votes
Yep.  I'm planning to attend.  :)
by Lisa Franklin G2G6 Mach 2 (23.4k points)
Sweet! see you there :)
Yep, looking forward to meeting you Eowyn and Chris too!  He discovered just a week or so ago that he and I are distantly related!  So funny! LOL
So are you and I.  20th cousin ;)
+8 votes
Yes, see you there! Please add to Lowe-866, Tobo-1, Israel-356, and prepare your high fives!

by Karen Lowe G2G6 Pilot (142k points)
My high five is ready!
+7 votes
My wife and I are planning to attend.  Which hotel(s) do you recommend?  It would be nice if a lot of WikiTreers were at the same hotel. Which subway stops at the Science Center?  Which airport is most convenient?
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (575k points)
I can answer one question: it looks like LGA (LaGuardia) airport is very close to the site of the GFR. :)

Gotcha added.  We're working with the NYC Convention Bureau who is helping us get some special GFR offers at nearby hotels.  We should have that information soon and will pass it on!

+5 votes
I just checked flights today, and it looks like I should be able to go! Flying to New York is cheaper than I expected. :)

I second Peter's questions about hotels. Is there an official GFR hotel? Will any hotels have special GFR offers?
by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (423k points)
We're working with the NYC Convention Bureau who is helping us get some special GFR offers at nearby hotels.  We should have that information soon and will pass it on!
+4 votes
If my life would just settle down a little, I could say for 100% sure I'm going.  Right now I'm at around 90% sure that I'm going.  Is that enough for the badge?
by Kyle Dane G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
Of course!
Unfortunately, I just did not feel like I could afford to make the trip at this time.  Wish I could have been there
+5 votes
Yes, I'm hoping to attend so I can meet some of the many people from Wikitree that have been working on this project. Love the badge!  Keep me posted on any information about hotels.
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (548k points)
+5 votes
Our family will be attending - we have tentatively booked a hotel within walking distance. My youngest daughter is keen on the science museum. My teenagers would like to know more about volunteering.

Driving down from Canada, possibly a 3 generation trip.
by Heather Lynn Drake G2G Crew (350 points)
+3 votes
I will definitely try to attend!
by Anita Chapman G2G Crew (690 points)
+3 votes
My wife, girls, and I are planning to head to one of the branch locations, but we're toying with the idea of hitting the main event instead.
by Matt Boeke G2G Crew (380 points)
I hadn't heard there would be "branch locations" for the Reunion.  That's good to know, although for me the main purpose is to meet other WikiTree collaborators, so if I go, it will be to the main event.
My family did attend the GFR at the Allen County Library branch location in Fort Wayne, IN.  We were underwhelmed at what was (or wasn't) going on to make this an event.  Basically, it just felt like a regular library except with one room set aside for the live-stream broadcast (though the room was empty each time I checked).

Nonetheless, we had a lot of genealogy to scan/read/discover in the stacks upstairs, so we spent our time well.  And our girls played in the kids' books.

Can I get the badge as an attendee?
+3 votes
I'm late to this thread since until right now I thought that me attending would be an impossiblity since I'm in the UK, work full-time and have a family to look after.

However my super wonderful husband has decided he's going to get me there by whatever means necessary so you can count me in!

I'm so excited to meet all my cousins!
by Lucy Lavelle G2G6 Mach 4 (40.9k points)
This is super awesome news!!! So glad you'll be able to make it!
+3 votes
I might try to get out to Fort Wayne. We'll see if that works out.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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